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Reproduction in Oak-Hickory Forest Stands of the Missouri Ozarks

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Most of the forest stands in the Missouri Ozarks have been overcut, high-graded, grazed, and repeatedly burned. Not only is their present productivity far below the potential productive capacity of the land but natural regeneration has not been satisfactory during the last half century, a period during which burning was extremely destructive. The reproduction in these oak-hickory stands is largely of sprout origin, slow-growing, poor in form, and composed of a high proportion of the less desired species. The authors point out, however, that this is a temporary situation resulting from misuse. With adequate protection not only will a reasonably good stand develop from most of the present reproduction but the quality and quantity of reproduction will increase through natural processes.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: U. S. Army, formerly Staff Assistant, Mark Twain National Forest, Springfield, Mo.

Publication date: March 1, 1944

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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